NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- USS Dwight D. Eisenhower's (CVN 69) In port Emergency Team (IET) began conducting drills in June to prepare for the onload of thousands of gallons of JP-5 aircraft fuel.
These drills, which take place in Pump Rooms One, Two and Three, are designed to ready the IET in case a class bravo fire erupts in one of these locations.
"We haven't had fuel on board in three years," said Senior Chief Damage Controlman (SW/AW) Joseph Lent, damage control leading chief petty officer. "We want to make sure we can handle any problem."
According to Lent, this training will also give Eisenhower Sailors the knowledge to handle other shipboard situations. These Sailors will use this knowledge to teach their shipmates during general quarters.
"It is our job as damage controlmen to teach the crew how to handle these situations," said Lent.
During the training exercise, Sailors are taught how to re-enter pump room spaces during fires, what initial actions to take to begin fighting the blaze, aqueous film forming foam operations, halon system activation, and how to handle fire fighting equipment in hot conditions.
According to Lent, air department's V-4 Division, the division responsible for the pump rooms, is also taught how to operate the fixed firefighting equipment located in the pump rooms and what initial actions they should take when a fire breaks out.
"We need to know how to fight the ship to save lives and minimize damage," said Lent.
With every Sailor taking the time to absorb the training and information made available during this set of exercises, there can be no question as to whether or not Eisenhower truly is prepared.
With thousands of gallons of JP-5 expected to come aboard Eisenhower, being unprepared isn't an option. Through the perseverance of training, Eisenhower's IET teams will be prepared to face any challenge that comes their way.
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